MCI VS CHELSEA: Chelsea Team News, Possible Lineup And Kickoff Time

MCI VS CHELSEA: Chelsea Team News, Possible Lineup And Kickoff Time

 Chelsea gears up to bolster their top-four aspirations as they prepare to clash with Manchester City at Etihad Stadium this Saturday. The Blues, fresh from a commanding 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace in their previous outing, are keen to break their five-game winless streak against the Citizens.

Team News:

- Injury Concerns:Thiago Silva's availability hangs in the balance after sustaining a groin injury against Crystal Palace. Benoit Badiashile adds to the woes with a month-long sidelining due to a groin problem. The defensive setback extends with Wesley Fofana, Robert Sanchez (both with knee injuries), Marc Cucurella (ankle), Reece James, Romeo Lavia, and Lesley Ugochukwu (all dealing with hamstring issues) occupying the treatment room.

- Tactical Adaptations:Manager Mauricio Pochettino faces challenges in team selection amidst the injury crisis. Cole Palmer, a former Manchester City midfielder, has been experimented with as a false nine without optimal results. Pochettino may explore moving Palmer to the right flank, thereby creating opportunities for Nicolas Jackson or Christopher Nkunku to lead the attack. Nkunku notably boasts a commendable scoring record, including a memorable hat-trick against Manchester City during his tenure with RB Leipzig.

Possible Chelsea Starting Lineup against Manchester City:

- Goalkeeper: Petrovic

-Defenders:Gusto, Disasi, Colwill, Chilwell

-Midfielders:Fernandez, Caicedo

- Forwards: Palmer, Gallagher, Jackson

- Striker: Nkunku

Kickoff Time:

The highly anticipated Premier League fixture is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 PM Nigerian Time on Saturday.

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